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 Fitz alleviates some of our fears about FrontPage in his posting Ghosting Schmosting. While it is great that Microsoft has addressed most if not all of the problems associated with using FrontPage with SharePoint technologies I still have to question this Microsoft Office love affair with FrontPage. Microsoft has this grea

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 9:48 AM General | Back to top


Comments on this post: PDC05: Why force FrontPage?

# re: PDC05: Why force FrontPage?
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The reason that you aren't using Visual Studio is right in front of you. It's an integrated *development* environment, not integrated *design* environment. It was never designed to be a design tool.

Seems pretty straightforward to me. :)
Left by Dustin Miller on Sep 16, 2005 2:54 PM

# re: PDC05: Why force FrontPage?
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Good point Dustin, except for the fact that there are "development functions" (or at least non-design - er - "business logic" tasks) in FrontPage... like connecting web parts. To add to that insult there are tasks that you can ONLY accomplish in FrontPage (connected web parts across pages).

I'm not saying that FrontPage doesn't have its place... but that place is not in a large enterprise deployment of SPS, believe me.

Fitz, please tell me that we can administratively restrict (or better yet, completely disable) the use of FrontPage 12 against SPS/WSS in Office 12. Please!!!

One more thought – how does Sparkle fit into this picture? Visual Studio is for developers, FrontPage is for designers and Sparkle is for designers? Huh?
Left by Steve Bargelt on Sep 16, 2005 6:00 PM

# re: PDC05: Why force FrontPage?
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I think FrontPage is going to be specifically for SharePoint designers, and Quartz will be for "web" designers.

As for disabling FrontPage/WSS, you can do that now. Search for "DisableWebDesignFeatures" in the SDK.
Left by Dustin Miller on Sep 17, 2005 7:40 AM

# re: PDC05: Why force FrontPage?
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Try to disable Front Page 2002.
Left by Steve Bargelt on Sep 23, 2005 12:19 PM

# re: PDC05: Why force FrontPage?
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Why ask why?

I think it's pretty safe to say that FP lives only to garner spin-off revenue from a dying product line. 'Natch, i'm sure I'll get flamed, but FP is at the bottom of the pack of "design" software: to put it simply: it sucks.

The whole concept of using an "IDE" is one-stop development. VS.NET (and especially 2005) are already set up to do that, so respondent #1: think you better go whip out your vs.net ide one more time. Having to go between vs.net and fp2003 (12) just to drag and drop web parts and tweak css is basically an insult to web developers who are saavy enough to use the real-deal. Whom does FP2003 really satisfy? -rookie web developers? Anyone worth their salt will want to use the IDE in vs.net 2005, and Master Pages makes FP obsolete. Kill it, and let's move on.
Left by Christopher Hansen on Oct 13, 2005 4:47 AM

# re: PDC05: Why force FrontPage?
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FrontPage has a home for the same people who write word documents, create excel spread sheets and whip up those fancy PowerPoint presentations. Developers who build applications in SharePoint should be create a platform for those users. FrontPage enables end users to assemble web based applications.

With all that said I'd like to do what ever I can do in FrontPage in Visual Studio.
Left by Stacy Draper on Nov 10, 2005 7:14 AM

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